Black Men Teach (BMT) seeks to address the student success gap by addressing the “teaching gap:” the lack of teachers of color, and more specifically, the near absence of Black men in elementary classrooms. Black boys in elementary school who have just one Black male teacher are 29% less likely to drop out of school. Those who have two Black teachers are 32% more likely to enroll in post-secondary education.
Black Men Teach creates the environment and conditions necessary for Black male teachers to thrive and, through their presence, deliver improved educational success by Black male students – and all students. The big, bold idea of Back Men Teach is to create a new paradigm in the teacher development process, one that focuses on specific demographic communities, offers one-on-one candidate support and engages a collective impact team of K-5 schools, teacher training programs and community-based organizations, each doing its part to achieve a common objective.
The Black Men Teach team will recruit, prepare, place and retain Black male teachers at 8 elementary schools, district and charter, over the next six years so that 20% of the teaching staff in those schools consist of Black men. Through this model, BMT will demonstrate how to effectively increase teachers of color in all communities and grades, setting the stage for the paradigm shift we believe critical to public education.